Dec 11, 2006

What Cardinal Arinze said about Latin and the Mass

Cardinal Francis Arinze addressed a liturgical conference in St. Louis last month (for a report, click on this post's title). Here is some of what he said about the Novus Ordo Mass in Latin:

"He called for parishes that have as many as 'five Masses' on weekends to offer one of them in Latin. Rural parishes should offer one Latin Mass a month, he added. He acknowledged that not everyone could be fluent in Latin but said people could learn some of the Mass prayers in Latin...

"Cardinal Arinze said Vatican II did not discourage the Church’s use of Latin in its liturgy. Pope John XXIII, who spearheaded that historic renewal of the Church, insisted on the continued use of Latin, and council members required through the document 'Sacrosanctum Concilium' that seminarians learn it.

"Current canon law (no. 928) states, 'The eucharistic celebration is to be carried out either in the Latin language or another language, provided the liturgical texts have been lawfully approved,' Cardinal Arinze noted."

We desperately need a universal indult from the Pope so every bishop and other superior will have to drop his opposition to the Tridentine Latin Mass. Every bishop, superior and pastor must stop suppressing the Mass of the Ages.

The liberals can say what they will, but you watch the Faith grow stronger, vocations increase, fallen-away Catholics return and the Church become Spirit-filled and on fire for personal holiness and the salvation of souls, once the Tridentine Latin Mass is back.

What do you think?


Anonymous Marc said...

Although I wholehartedly love the idea of the 'universal' indult, I believe that His Eminince was referring to having a Novus Ordo Mass in Latin at the parishes in this speech done here in St. Louis.

Either one is better than the irreverant Masses that we're often subject to.

5:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let the good times roll!

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Kenneth Fisher, Founder & Chrm. CRCOA said...

marc is correct, but at least the Norvus Ordo in Latin preserves the correct translation of the Consecration, and we don't have to wait for the latest directives on the Consecration to be promulgated, which I understand won't at least be until 2008!

Kenneth M. Fisher

10:04 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Marc and Kenneth,

Yes, in my first paragraph I said Cardinal Arinze was talking about the Novus Ordo Mass in Latin.

A huge benefit of celebrating Mass in Latin is that liberal priests would find it almost impossible to inject their abuses into it.

12:05 PM  
Blogger The Dover Beachcomber said...

Cardinal Arinze's advice is good as far as it goes, which isn't far enough. Most American bishops will only comply when they are forced to do so on pain of losing their positions. The hatred of Latin and the tradition that is expressed by it is very, very deep.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Dover Beachcomber,

Thank you for writing. Yes, it is hard not to describe many bishops' and priests' attitude toward Latin and the Tridentine Mass as hatred.

When we attend indult Tridentine Masses, we realize just how much the modernists have stolen from us.

What a scandal that is!

God forgive thenm, and God restore the Tridentine Mass!

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Kenneth Fisher, Founder & Chrm. CRCOA said...


In the light of the rampant disobedience of our suppose to be Shepherds, does it really need to be an Indulted Mass? Is not the very fact that an Indult is required for the Mass of the Saints, promulgated by a Pope Saint actually an insult to our intelligence?

Kenneth M. Fisher

11:49 PM  

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